CHRISTIAN SAMMARTINO is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Rising Phoenix Review. He is currently studying Philosophy at West Chester University. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in Words Dance PublishingVoicemail PoemsWerkloosLehigh Valley Vanguard, and Yellow Chair Review. Sammartino was a Resident Poet for Lehigh Valley Vanguard during the summer of 2015. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014.




EVANGELINE SELLERS is a twenty-something poet, writer, and editor. She is a recent graduate of the University of Strathclyde, where she received a joint honours degree in English, Journalism & Creative Writing. She collects postcards, notebooks, pin badges, and cosy jumpers. She loves her brothers and sisters, the beach, exploring abandoned places, and believing there's still some magic left in this world. Originally from the highlands of Scotland, she is a country mouse at heart, but lives in Glasgow with three of her favourite people, and lots of books. You can find her on Twitter @Evangeline___S.




VALERIE WU is a Chinese-American writer and activist currently attending Presentation High School in San Jose, California. She is deeply passionate about the intersection of ethnicity, migration, and human rights, and was the recipient of a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her personal essay on race in America. Her journalism has been featured by The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times Insider, and We Are Three Dimensional, and she serves as an International Goodwill Ambassador for Postcards for Peace, a UK-based charity aiming to raise awareness of global social issues. Find her on Twitter @valerie_wu.



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ANIKA PRAKASH is a sophomore in high school and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red Queen Literary Magazine. She currently serves as the co-news editor of Two Views Magazine, a poetry editor at Parallel Ink and Venus Magazine, and a prose editor at TRACK//FOUR. She has received a Silver Award regionally from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry as well as her flash fiction. Her work has appeared in Venus Magazine and L'Éphémère Review.